The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

the short second life of bree tannerAuthor: Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5

Twilight, vol. 3.5

Along with several other kids dredged off of the streets of Seattle, Bree has been forcibly given a new and very different life . . . as a vampire. So far, she’s pretty much just rolled with the change, because that’s the best way to survive. But that was before she started talking to one of the other young vampires, Diego. Before the two of them started asking some very good questions, like: Why is someone making a bunch of new vampires? Why lie about the sun burning vampires? Why all the secrecy in general? Of course, the real question is: Will it be too late by the time they find their answers?

I told myself years ago, when The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was first published, that I would never read it (mostly because I know how it has to end, and I don’t like it at all). Curiosity finally got the better of me. I’m still not quite sure if that’s a good thing or not. Coming into the story knowing (spoilers alert!) that 1) I like Bree, and 2) she’s going to die isn’t the best way to start, I must say. Still, Stephenie Meyer has found ways to make it less not-okay that Bree dies the way she does (you’ll have to read the book to find out why). As far as the writing style goes, if you like Stephenie Meyer, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner reads like her other books, only more tragic. In any case, read the Twilight Saga first, or this novella really won’t make much sense. Seriously. My biggest complaint is the lack of chapter breaks; it’s really too long to read in one sitting (almost 200 pages), yet there’s no natural break. This made reading it feel a bit disjointed. Overall, I’d say this is an interesting omake for those who liked the Twilight books, but an essentially pointless read for basically everyone else.

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